Ready For The Summer Vegetable Garden?

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Summer time implies being outdoors and gardening is one of the most popular activities people pick up as a way to enjoy being outside during the pleasant weather. Some areas still have a little time and others are starting to feel like we are pretty close to being able to grow a summer vegetable garden! It is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and relax without having to bother about suffering from heat stress compared to more rigorous activities.

It’s never too early to start planning our next summer vegetable garden. In fact, sales of greenhouses and seed starting supplies usually start in late December and early January and by the end of February, most retailers have various seeds available on store shelves.

For novice or professional preparing to plant vegetable garden this coming summer, some advance planning will ensure that gardeners can get all the seeds they want before they sell out, and they will be able to start them in due time to get healthy young plants prepared for transplant into their gardens in early or late spring.

The very first part of planning our vegetable garden is deciding on what to grow. How much space is available for planting? Those that have a large plot of land will definitely have to do more advance planning compared to an apartment dweller with a small veranda. Remember that even when limited space is available, there are numerous varieties of vegetables that grow well in patio containers. In addition, remember to consider your local climate. For areas with longer summers, there are many types of plants that can be grown as well as a longer season to grow them.

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However, gardeners residing in cooler climates should not discount the variety of cool weather vegetables they can cultivate such as spinach, lettuce, peas, potatoes, beets and carrots. Sincerely ask yourself how much time and energy can be devoted into your vegetable garden. For those who works long hours and are always tired at the end of the day , spending an hour or even two hours every summer evening weeding and taking care of a large plot of land may be difficult and challenging . If this is the case, start on a small scale then decide whether to advance into larger garden next year.

Next is to obtain seeds and seed starting supplies. Carefully read each seed packet to find out when to start the seeds. If plants require 2 weeks for germination plus 4-6 weeks before they can be transplanted, and the last expected frost date in your area is May 16, then it is recommended to sow the seeds indoors around the last week of March.

 

Continue to the next page for more information on getting our summer vegetable garden ready.

 

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